A couple of weeks ago I was sent through the 10 Piece Essential Make-up Brushes Set from Spectrum Brushes – you know, those blue and pink mermaid inspired AMAZING brushes which everyone is loving at the mo? As soon as they came in the post I was in love with how soft they were and couldn’t wait to try them out. When it came to reviewing I thought I’d try each brush out and create a neutral make-up look and let you know which brushes I love and which I’m not so keen on.
I’m going to go through each stage of my normal make-up routine and tell you which brushes I used and what I thought. Starting with the face!
I used the Seventeen Stay Time concealer which is my all time favourite concealer. I tried it with the B03 Buffing Concealer brush and at first, I’m not going to lie to you, I didn’t like it much. I’ve never been a fan of using smaller brushes for concealer and I think it’s because I have to apply so much of it to my face to cover up so many blemishes and patches. I always prefer using normal buffing/foundation brushes for concealers so I don’t think it’s necessarily an issue with the brush itself!
Next up I use Nars Sheer Glow foundation all over my face (if anyone is wondering I use shade Siberia and it’s great for pale skin!). I used the B01 Flat Top Buffer brush to apply it and it’s without doubt on par with my current favourite Real Techniques buffing brush. I LOVE how soft it is and because it’s so soft it brushes on foundation so smoothly. Honestly my favourite brush of the entire set I think!
My current powder is the One Heck Of A Blot powder by Soap & Glory, and this comes with a little pad on it – I thought I’d still use the powder and try it with the A01 Large Doomed Powder brush. This was another fab brush and once again it’s like softer than Bubbles when she was a kitten…
Also, the photo below made me lol cause I was literally powdering my nose #BANTER.
I always use the same brushes for bronzer, blusher and highlighter and the A05 Small Angled Blush brush was perfect for blusher and bronzer. At the mo I use the Natural Collection powder, bronzer and blusher which are only £1.99 each. I didn’t find that the brush was great for highlighter because it was almost too soft, so instead I found using the concealer brush from earlier a bit better for the highlighter (swings and roundabouts!).
My hack: I always use white/creamy shimmery eyeshadows for my highlight if I want to use a powder!
Now the eyes!
EEE my favourite part. This 10 piece set had so many eye brushes and I couldn’t wait to try them. I used the B06 and B04 brushes for blending in my eyeshadow (not overly sure what the difference is but it always helps to have two?). The palette I chose was the Flawless 2 palette by Makeup Revolution which is my favourite budget brand for palettes, and I wanted to create a nude/pink/bronzy eye.
I started with a light cream and white shadow all over my eyelid and up to my eyebrow (the same one I use for highlighter, hehe). Then I used the shimmery pink and bronze shades over my eyelid and used the dark red shade in the crease.
I always prefer using brushes and brow powder than pencils because sometimes I feel like pencils never work enough (like… they take ages to actually get lots of colour onto your brows? Idk). I really rate this A17 Angled Brow brush and much prefer it to most of the ones I’ve used before! For this look I used the Natural Collection brow kit, but obviously using my spectrum brush!
Ok confession: I’ve never used a brush as a lip liner. Ever. I didn’t even own any lip paints or anything that could be used while I tested out the A15 lip liner brush, so I improvised and just dabbed it into a lipstick! I actually found it surprisingly easy to do! This one is the A15 Lip Liner brush and I can imagine it would be good for details on your eyes as well.
This lippy was Urban Decay lipstick in Stark Naked.
Confession again: I’ve never used a brush for my eyeliner. I’ve always used liquid eyeliners with little stick things (?) or I’ve used pencils, so this was a first. The A09 Angled Eyeliner brush is the tiniest baby brush I’ve ever seen but it’s soooo good! It has an angled brush head which makes it so easy to apply. I had to dab it into my current eyeliner (which is the Lancome Grandiose eyeliner) to try it out which was an absolute faff but I found it easier to apply than I thought I would. The only issue is I find it WAY too thick to get a good liner flick.
Anddd that’s it! Here’s a few overly posed and slightly cringey photos of the final make-up look.
So, what did I think of the brushes? Well honestly I was SO impressed. They’re the softest brushes I’ve ever tried and I even prefer some of them to my current ones. They’re vegan and cruelty free which I know some of you will be pleased about and it makes a change to try products which aren’t made using really complicated mechanisms!
My faves: the B01 flat top buffer foundation brush, the A05 angled blush brush (which I use for everything really), the B04 and B06 eye shading brushes and the A17 eyebrow brush.
I totally recommend this babe of a brush set to anyone and of course you can buy them individually too if you only want certain ones. Hit ’em up at Spectrum Collections and they’re also available on loads of other sites!
Let me know if you’ve ever tried Spectrum brushes or if you love the sound of them!
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** these brushes were sent to me by Spectrum Collections but all photos, opinions and views are my own **